Variety is the spice of life: Carafe, Peninsula Grand

It’s not everyday that one walks into a lesser known Hotel and discovers great food. Carafe , the 24 x 7 Coffee Shop at The Peninsula Grand in Andheri East took me completely by surprise.

Carafe, the 24 hours coffee shop has a spread for the Sunday brunch. All one has to do is sit back and relax, enjoy food from across India as well as global delicacies. The Cream of Mushroom and Chicken soup, set the tone of the meal. It was delicious and made me nostalgic about the soups I used to have in my childhood. I was already looking forward to the rest of the meal.

The kebab platter, was easily one of the best I have ever tasted. The chicken kebabs were marinated to perfection, well spiced and succulent. The fish had the tangy ajwaini flavour and was fresh, crisp and yet melt in the mouth. Of course the version of Pina Colada mocktail served by them was delightful. Creamy, sweet and refreshing, the mocktail was interestingly presented in a scooped pineapple shell.

The main course options were an exercise in choices. Mutton rogan josh, Sabzi kalimirch, Peas pulao, Burmese curry, noodles. There was something for every palate. The food was flavoursome, well-presented and delicious. It was definitely the regular kind of food one experiences at a buffet. The Executive Chef Crystal Mendonca’s expertise and imagination were clearly visible.

Desserts too were a spread. Gajar halwa, Swedish apple tart, pastries, bappa doi, mousse. The Swedish apple tart is a must-try as is the bappa doi. Light and creamy, the bappa doi will have you yearning for more.

Attentive, well mannered staff with quick, efficient service completes the enjoyable dining experience. What’s more the buffet on Sunday includes a complimentary spa treatment at the Caressa Spa. So it is indulgence all the way. Don’t deprive yourself of this treat.

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